End of Federal Funding for Free Breakfast and Lunch Program | News

Federal funding for free breakfast and lunch programs that school districts have seen has not been renewed for the USDA 2022-23 school year. Dakota Valley Business Manager Jill Spponder informed the board of the end of the program at her school board meeting on Monday, April 11. This means that families who qualify for free or reduced lunches must submit a request; otherwise meals will be full price. If parents have completed an application and been approved this school year, their application is valid until September 28. They will need to reapply between July 1 and September 28. This will help determine if families are eligible for free or reduced lunches for the 2022-23 school year. If families have not applied for the 2021-22 school year, they must submit an application between July 1 and August 15 to be eligible for free or reduced-price meals on the first day of school.

Even though COVID-19 numbers are outdated or low in the school district, the board has decided not to allow foreign exchange students for the 2022-23 school year due to ongoing global concerns related to COVID-19.

Superintendent Dr. Tonia Warzecha provided an update on the Visual Identity Standards Committee and the School Improvement Committee. She worked with Bass Advertising on three Panther designs for the school. The website will be redesigned to become more user-friendly and mobile. As part of the school improvement process, a staff survey was conducted in March and the results are being processed. Warzecha will present the results to staff in the fall.

See the full story in this week’s Dakota Dunes/North Sioux City Times.

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